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THE AMERICAN ADVOCATE OF PEACE AND ARBITRATION. 



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of Prussia ; they would have a serious meaning. "Let 
us disarm, by all means ; but let ' Messieurs the Con- 
querors' begin." 

To all of which it may be replied that, while it cannot 
be expected of the young ruler of Germany that he will 
yet a while follow in the footsteps of the Mikado of Japan 
and voluntarily surrender his choicest prerogatives, chief 
among them that of the headship of the greatest standing 
army of modern times, the fact that disarmament is 
already the rallying cry of a constantly increasing party, 
and that every day new advocates of the policy are mak- 
ing themselves heard, is a fact of pregnant import. And 
nothing is truer than that every passing hour is hurrying 
us on to one of two solutions of a no longer tolerable sit- 
uation — either a gigantic conflict or disarmament and the 
latter because it will be physically impossible for the 
nations longer to sustain the present demands on their 
overtaxed powers. — N. Y. Sun. 



MEANING OF SINCERITY. 

In the palmy days of Roman prosperity, when her 
merchants lived in their marble palaces on the banks of 
the Tiber, there was a sort of emulation in the grandeur 
and artistic adornment of their dwellings. Good sculptors 
were eagerly sought after aud employed. But tricks were 
sometimes practised then as now ; thus, if the sculptor 
came upon a flaw in the marble, or chipped a piece out by 
accident, he had a carefully prepared wax with which he 
filled in the chink, and so carefully fixed it as to be im- 
perceptible. In process of time, however, heat or damp 
would effect the wax, and reveal its presence there. The 
consequence was, that when new contracts were made for 
commissioned works of art, a clause was added to the 
effect that they were to be sine cera, or without cement. — 
J. Tesseyman. 



A PEACE CHURCH. 



The discipline of Bible Christian Church of Phila- 
delphia requires its members to be admitted by baptism ; 
to partake of the Holy Supper ; to abstain from eating 
flesh, fish or fowl as food ; from drinking intoxicating 
liquors of all kinds ; from war and capital punishment and 
slavery ; the observance of the Sabbath as a day of wor- 
ship and religious instruction, also public and private 
prayer. These principles are believed to be taught and 
enjoined by the letter and spirit of the word of God, as 
conducing to man's receptivity of the Holy Spirit. 



THEATRICALS. 



There are in the United States and Canada 3410 theat- 
rical towns — places, that is, in which theatrical perform- 
ances are habitually given. Distributed through these 
towns there are 5212 theatres, not every one an especially 
equipped theatre, but every one adapted for theatrical 
business and customarily used for it. The number of 
actors in this country is 2527 ; the number of managers is 
365 ; the number of stars and combinations that were last 
year on their professional travels through this land is 249 ; 
the number of persons directly and indirectly employed 
by the stage is not less than 50,000. 



FOOLISH AND INCENDIARY. 

No one supposes that the American people would give 
up the contest until Germany had received a sound drub- 
bing. We have surplus and revenues enough, with taxes 
now at a minimum point, to carry on desultory war until 
we are in fighting trim. While we are getting ready we 
can prohibit the entry of German manufactures into the 
United States. 

If, for the time being, Germany should try to blockade 
our ports, in less than sixty days we would find an 
English fleet on our coasts involved in protecting her own 
trade with the United States. 

England and France would be forced as a measure of 
industrial self-defence to protect their vessels and their 
trade with the United States. 

We have the money, and could easily spend $250,- 
000,000 in ships and appliances of war. 

With $50,000,000 in sixty days 1 could put an im- 
provised fleet in motion which would make short work of 
German commerce. There are 600 German steamers 
afloat. I know where they are. We have fleet ships ; 
I could pick them out now. We could buy more. They 
would answer for privateers. 

We are always prosperous in time of war. 

— Admiral Porter, in Evening Star. 



HOW RECRUITS ARE OBTAINED. 

The average recruit, enlisted principally in the large 
cities of our country, has no permanent residence ; he 
belongs, generally, to that idle, roaming, floating popula- 
tion, and after enlisting finds his new sphere not as he 
expected. He becomes dissatisfied with his lot, the mili- 
tary life is distasteful to him owing to his idle former 
career, and probably depressed in spirits, and shrinking 
from the prospect of uncongenial duty, he deserts aud 
resumes his former "tramping'' career until nearly 
starved, when he again enlists under another assumed 
name. He is furnished with another outfit of clothing 
and blankets, and being ftdly equipped in the garb of an 
American soldier he again goes forth ready for more 
'■'■pay day drunks," and so he goes, on and on, from one 
regiment to another, and from one branch of the service 
to another. He may in the meantime bring up now and 
then at the "Hotel de Leavenworth" for a year or two for 
recuperation and repairs to his much worn stomach. He 
is then furnished with a suit of civilian clothing and pre- 
sented with five American dollars to procure him trans- 
portation to the nearest recruiting office, where he again 
swears allegiance to the "flag" for another five years. 
This is about the experience of the average recruit enlisted 
in our large cities. — Army and Navy Journal. 



Of John Bright it has been truly said, the Bible he 
knew well, and if Bright's own incomparable style now 
and then suggests any original it is the greater prophets 
of the Old Testament. 



A little Ohio miss, who was spending a few days with a 
farmer uncle, visited the barn, and while looking at the 
well-fed cows, remarked, "Why, Uncle, just see! all the 
cows are chewing gum, aren't they?"